What Is Golf Etiquette for Beginners?

What Is Golf Etiquette for Beginners?

While there are different golf courses, the behavior and rules on the courses don’t change. It is important when you start golfing that you know the proper etiquette so you can play accordingly. What is golf etiquette for beginners? The experts at Deer Creek can help answer that. 

There are three categories of golf etiquette to know:

  • Consideration for other players
  • Pace of play
  • Care of the course


When people head to the course for the first time or even their 100th time, they should know basic golf etiquette for beginners. 


Golf Etiquette for Beginners

Depending on the seriousness of the group you are playing with, you may or may not want to adopt some of the more formal etiquette practices. It is important to know the expectations of the group before the round starts. Whatever your group rules are, here is some basic etiquette you should follow:


  • The lowest score on the previous hole tees off first.
  • The player furthest from the hole goes first. This includes the green.
  • Mark your ball when on the green while others are putting.
  • Don’t walk in between a player’s or your own ball and the hole on the green.
  • Be quiet while others are hitting their shots.


These are the universal etiquette rules unless the group has decided against them or on different rules for the day. It can also depend on the skill level of the group. If the group has a higher skill level, then the more traditional rules will work best. If the skill level is lower or mixed, then the game may move differently. However, the ability to play golf shouldn’t dictate the pace of play. If you’re new to the game, you can set a limit for yourself. Start with a stroke limit of 8 for each hole. Once you get to 8, pick up the ball and place it on the green to finish your hole from there. There are also etiquette practices regarding the pace of play:


  • Write down the scores at the next tee box.
  • Park your golf cart on the side of the green towards the next hole.
  • When it’s your turn to play, make sure you are ready.
  • Limit the amount of time spent at the turn (between holes 9 and 10), or let the group behind you play.
  • Limit practice swings to 2. You should hit the driving range beforehand to get some practice in.
  • If you are a larger group of 3 or more, send the first person to putt at the next tee box as soon as they are done with a hole. 


It is easy to get wrapped up in your own game. Be mindful of the groups behind you to ensure they aren’t waiting for you and your group to finish every hole. If this happens 3 to 4 holes in a row, think about letting them play ahead of you, or you can play more quickly.


Contact Deer Creek Golf Club

Once you have these rules down, then you can check out our tee times and rates. If you have any questions about our course, then contact us today.

What is Proper Golf Attire for Men?

What is Proper Golf Attire for Men?

Anyone who has watched or played golf can see the sense of formality, this mainly has to do with the attire worn by the players, the clothing etiquette, and how strictly they are implemented. So if you and your friends want to come to enjoy the beautiful greens at Deer Creek Golf Club, there are a few things you should know about the golf attire for men. 

We broke it down into 5 main points to know before your next round with us! 


No T-Shirts Allowed

The proper golf attire for men is usually collared shirts. That is one of the most important rules about men’s golf gear. No t-shirts!, Polo shirts are as comfortable and cool as t-shirts, but this one has a collar!   


Jeans Are Not Allowed

Khakis and golf slacks are the preferred option for men’s golfing clothing. Whatever color or material you may choose, there are a few rules: 

  • Must have belt loops and a belt
  • Avoid cuffs (cuffs can accumulate sand) 
  • No denim material 

Shorts are okay to wear when golfing, but they shouldn’t be too short or too tight. Shorts should be tailored like casual trousers and should be above the knee. These, like the golf pants, should have belt loops and a belt. 


Wear Proper Shoes and Socks

This is a very vital one because your footwear is also protection. Rubber shoes or sandals should never be worn when on the golf course. Instead, there are specific shoes with soft spikes. The spikes are supposed to keep you from slipping, and the shoe itself is close toed for your protection as well. Golf shoes with spikes should only be worn on the course. It is best to arrive in other shoes then change into the golf shoes in the locker room. 

When it comes to socks on the golf course, they should match the color of our golf slacks. If you are wearing shorts then the socks should be a lighter color and lower around the ankles. 


Golf Clothing Colors

When it comes to the color of the golf attire, it is important to remember that brighter colors or loud patterns are a distraction to the group and other players on the course. If you are there with business associates or there trying to close a business deal, it is best to keep the colors and look more toned down and professional. 

Contact Us

If you are interested in golfing with us, come check out our courses or contact us today! 


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The History Behind the British Open

Golf is a game of tradition. As a landmark South Florida country club, we are aficionados of golf history. We believe that we should pass on our knowledge of golf traditions and tournament traditions to the next generation. The British Open, also known simply as the Open, has a long and storied past. As the 2021 Open winds down, we thought it would be interesting to look at the history behind the British Open.


When Did the First British Open Take Place?

The 2021 British Open marks its 149th edition of the tournament. As a result, you may think that because 2021 minus 149 is 1872, that would mean that the first British Open took place in 1872; however, this is not the case. The first Open was played on October 17, 1860. While the tournament is a yearly occurrence, complications in history have caused the competition not to be played in some years. Understandably, coronavirus caused the cancelation of the 2020 Open, but this was not the only cancelation of the event. 

The first cancelation of the tournament occurred in 1871. A golfer named Tom Morris won the three previous Opens, and as a result, was given the ceremonial trophy at the time, the Challenge Belt. Until Tom Morris’ third victory, the belt was returned by the previous victor, to be competed for again. In 1870, they decided to award Tom Morris full possession of the belt, meaning there was no trophy to compete for in 1871. 

Other cancellations were more obvious, with the tournament not being held from 1915-1919 and 1940-1945 due to World War I and World War II. 


The History of the Claret Jug

As the Challenge Belt became the personable property of Tom Morris, the tournament needed a new prize. The Claret Jug, or the winner’s trophy, was created in 1872; however, this award was not finished by the end of the 1872 Open, which Tom Morris also won. As a result, Morris was instead presented with an engraved medal. This new tradition of a medal was adopted and has been used since the 1872 tournament. Like the Challenge Belt, the Claret Jug must be returned by the winner and competed for at the next tournament. 


When Was the First Claret Jug Awarded?

The first Claret Jug was awarded in 1873 to then-winner Tom Kidd. The original Claret Jug was retired and placed in a museum. 


The History of the Current Claret Jug

The current Claret Jug was first awarded and presented at the 1928 Open to Walter Hagen. The trophy is still returned by the winner, who receives an engraved medal and replica to keep. 


Today’s British Open

As the tournament comes to a close, we welcome the sight of a new custodian of the Claret Jug. The tournament concludes tomorrow July 18, 2021, at Royal Saint George’s Golf Course, where a new champion will most likely be crowned. 

While we’re not fortunate or talented enough to play the British Open, we do have the luck to play at our esteemed South Florida Golf Course regularly. Contact us today to play at our beautiful course, or view our membership page for more information. 


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A Look Back at Golf in 2016

Golf in 2016 was a whirlwind, to say the least. There were some firsts, and even a few fiascos that no one could have predicted, and Deer Creek has been here to report through it all. Let’s take a moment and look back at some of the most astounding and downright interesting moments of golf in 2016.  

The Tiger Woods Comeback is fresh in the memories of most, but also too early to call. After Nike decided to discontinue half of its golf line and stick exclusively to apparel, some thought that was the sign of Woods’ retirement. But only a few weeks ago, he returned to golf in 2016 with a surprisingly fresh outlook.  

Golf went Olympic in 2016 for the first time in over 100 years. There was drama and a few health scares, thanks to a Zika outbreak. Deer Creek covered all the Olympic golf news as it happened last year on our golf blog

The United States won the Ryder Cup and displeased the rest of the world. British golfer and Ryder Cup hopeful Danny Willet was heckled by angry American fans. This is because Danny’s brother Pete Willet wrote a scathing article that trashed the conduct of the American fans, and it was not unwarranted. American golfers complained and a fan was ejected. The backlash was more severe than Pete expected, when it then made the headline for golf in 2016. Read Pete Willets Ryder Cup article and see for yourself.  

Golf lost the Legendary Arnold Palmer in September 2016. We are glad that he had the chance to enjoy and play golf in 2016, right until the end.  

If you like staying informed, be sure to visit the Deer Creek Golf Club Facebook page. Happy New Year, golfers!

Jason Day’s Year in Golf 2016

Jason Day is in first place in the official world golf ranking. He has hit the golf scene like a tornado, and after looking at Jason Day’s statistics, it is easy to understand why. Whether he is playing golf in South Florida or in Scotland, he is a great dominator.

For the year 2016, Jason Day’s statistics are impressive.

Early in 2016, he played golf in South Florida at the Arnold Palmer Invitation, in which he won. Day then went on to take the title for the WGC-Dell Match Play and the Players Championship. His second place spot in the PGA Championship may have been a disappointment for some who believed he would win, but most golf fans agree that he is in contention to win the PGA title next year.

There are a lot of golf fans who feel as if there is a void in the sport caused by the indefinite hiatus of Tiger Woods. No one is sure who will take his place as the next great ambassador of golf, but the truth is there will likely never be a golfer as great as Woods. However, Jason Day is making a big impact on the sport, and he is just as entraining to watch as the legendary Woods.

The golf community expects big things from Jason Day, in which he is likely to deliver.

Jason Day’s Statistics Overall:

World Golf Rank: 1

Scoring Average: 69.2 handicap

Driving Range: 303.4 ft.

Putting: 1.154 (making him the current best short game golfer)

PGA Tour Wins: 10

PGA Top 10 Finishes: 57

5 At Home Exercises that will Boost your Golf Game

If you are an avid golfer, it is no secret that being stronger, more limber, and moving more efficiently are the keys to improving your overall golf game. Many people feel intimidated by the gym, whether it is due to lack of knowledge or time, and this can stifle their desire to improve their fitness for the sake of their golf game. Use these five at home exercises that are guaranteed to improve your golf swing and overall golf game before you hit the Deer Creek golf course.

  1. Jumping Jacks– Jumping jacks are a great way to warm up for any physical activity. They are considered the perfect exercise since they elevate your heart rate, increase blood flow, and get your whole body up and moving.
  2. Wall Sits– Wall sits help develop strong legs, engage the core, and improve posture. These are qualities that will create power and efficiency of movement while you are driving the golf ball down our Championship golf course in Deerfield Beach.
  3. Pushups– Pushups are a classic overall body exercise and when done properly, increase total body strength and stability to support all of your golfing endeavors.
  4. Lunges– Lunges will stretch areas including the glutes, groin, and hamstrings. Lunges strengthen you quads, which will give your body more power and support from the lower body throughout your golf swing.
  5. Hand Openers– Hand openers create strength in the hands and the forearms. These are perfect for adding distance to your golf stroke, while strengthening and lengthening your hands.